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Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Bio-based Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
USDA Rural Development provides loan guarantees to help develop, construct, or retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries and to develop renewable chemicals and bio-based product manufacturing facilities. Letter of Intent (Required): March 2, 2020 | Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
USDA Rural Development provides funding to support agricultural producers and rural small businesses to reduce energy costs and consumption by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. Application Deadlines: Grants March 31, 2020 | Loan Guarantees: Accepted year-round

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Universal Service Administrative Company provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to telecommunications and voice services for telemedicine and telehealth. Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Rural Healthcare Connect Fund
Universal Service Administrative Company provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity at a flat discounted rate of 65 percent. Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program
USDA Rural Development provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Economic Development

Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
USDA Rural Development offers this program to make payments to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuel they produce from renewable biomass. Application Deadline: February 18, 2020

Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER)
The Federal Appalachian Regional Commission provides funds to support workforce and economic revitalization activities in communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in the coal industry. This program gives priority to projects related to broadband and substance abuse. Letter of Intent Deadline: February 28, 2020

The Value-Added Producer Grant
USDA Rural Development offers two types of grants, Planning and Working Capital, to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. Electronic Application Deadline: March 5, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 10, 2020

Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center Grants
USDA Rural Development provides grants to establish and operate Agricultural Innovation Centers that will provide technical assistance to help rural businesses market value-added agricultural products. Application Deadline: March 20, 2020

Challenge America
National Endowment for the Arts provides grants to support projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in communities that reach underserved populations. Application Deadline: April 9, 2020



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